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Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyers Based in Roanoke

Each year thousands of patients suffer serious injuries or death because of preventable medical errors. The patient puts trust in a doctor, and when complications occur, the patient needs honest and reliable answers about what went wrong, even if that means preventable mistakes were made. In most instances, an injured patient needs the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney to obtain an understanding of what actually happened, and to determine whether the severe injury resulted from a violation of the rules the doctor or hospital was supposed follow.

When severe injury caused by medical malpractice occurs, the attorneys at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC are dedicated to helping victims seek the financial recovery necessary to move forward with their lives. Our law firm has extensive experience handling these cases and the resources to take them to trial when necessary. Founding attorney John Lichtenstein is a highly experienced trial lawyer and the firm’s cases are often referred to the firm by other lawyers. Mr. Lichtenstein was elected president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and is a Fellow of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, strictly invitation-only organizations of the top one percent of trial attorneys in the United States and Canada.

If you suspect that you or a loved one has been harmed by a negligent medical error, it is important to have a skilled Virginia medical malpractice lawyer review and evaluate your case, including the review of your medical records, and discuss your legal options. Our law firm puts years of trial and litigation experience to work for patients injured by medical malpractice. Contact a Virginia medical malpractice lawyer at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC to schedule a free consultation.

How a Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help

At Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, we understand the obstacles that patients face in cases of medical malpractice. Patients who have been injured are often uncertain about what really happened and whether the injury was the result of avoidable negligence. The issue in establishing medical negligence is whether the doctor, hospital or other health care provider failed to follow the recognized standard of care in treating the patient and whether that negligence caused the patient harm. Making this determination requires a careful review first by the skilled injury lawyers and staff at Lichtenstein Law Group and by those independent medical experts with whom they work every day.

Doctors, hospitals and their insurance companies will aggressively defend these cases. As an injured patient, you need a determined medical malpractice lawyer who has experience and will fight aggressively for you.

Our attorneys work with highly credible, recognized medical experts to analyze the facts, including those contained in medical records, and assess whether a health care provider breached the recognized standard of care when treating you or your loved ones. The health care provider needs to understand that the attorney representing you has extensive experience in litigating medical malpractice cases and will thoroughly prepare your case for trial. Our reputation as one of Virginia’s leading trial practice law firms will be an advantage in preparing for trial or obtaining a just settlement without trial.

How Our Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorneys Advocate for You

Medical malpractice takes many forms. A patient may be injured by a doctor’s error, a surgical error, an anesthesia error, delayed diagnosis, hospital negligence, or emergency room errors, for example. Doctors and nurses are human and do make mistakes.

Types of medical malpractice include:

  • Failure to Diagnose — When a doctor fails to diagnose a patient’s symptoms, a serious disease such as cancer can spread undetected and the opportunity to manage the disease can be lost. Certain types of cancer, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, ovarian cancer and cervical cancer, respond well when diagnosed and treated at an early stage. Strokes, heart attacks and other coronary conditions often have a better outcome with timely diagnosis and treatment, but may be misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. If the health professional fails to take the patient’s complete medical history, order the proper diagnostic tests to detect the disease, or listen to a patient’s complaint, the results can be disastrous.
  • Anesthesia Errors — A doctor or nurse anesthetist can injure a patient by overdosing anesthesia, failing to monitor a sedated patient or failing to properly intubate a patient so they can breathe safely while under sedation.
  • Surgical Errors — Errors such as performing surgery on the wrong body part or on the wrong patient and performing the wrong procedure do unfortunately occur. Organ perforations and punctures while not always directly actionable are often not detected leading to other severe and legally actionable injuries.
  • Hospital Errors — Some medical errors result from systemic problems. A hospital that fails to put into place well-designed safety protocols to prevent needless injury, or fails to follow them once in place, may cause patients serious harm.

Also of danger to seriously injured patients is the complexity of Virginia medical malpractice law when it comes to the time allowed for filing lawsuits. Generally these suits in Virginia must be filed within two years of the medical error that caused injury. However, these time limits, called statutes of limitation, differ markedly depending on specific factors. For example, more time is allowed to file a claim involving children, but not if the child is ten years old or older. Other particular circumstances carry a shorter time limit after which a claim or suit is barred by law. Similarly, in cases in which a health care provider’s error caused a patient’s death, the general time limit in which a wrongful death claim must be made is two years from the date of death. However, again, that time may be markedly different depending on the circumstances of the case. Accordingly, it is critical that an experienced medical malpractice lawyer evaluate the case as quickly as possible.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of the negligence of a physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, doctor, nurse, hospital or other health care provider, do not delay in contacting a lawyer who is experienced at medical malpractice litigation to review your injury and your legal options. At Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, we have great experience, capacity and resources to investigate thoroughly how a preventable medical injury occurred and to build a compelling case to protect your future.

Please contact us if you suspect that you have been injured by a preventable medical error caused by a physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, doctor, nurse, hospital or other health care provider.

For a free review of your case, contact us or fill out our online form.